It’s Not a Sprint….It’s a (Half) Marathon: Part 2

We’re back! Kristen is in week 9 of her training and things are cruising along! The half is 5 weeks away so there’s still work to be done before we can celebrate with post-race brunch. She has completed an 8 mile long run and is consistently running 3-4 times a week for 3-4 miles which … Read More

The PT Minute: What is the biggest misconception about Physical Therapists/Therapy from your PERSONAL patient experiences?

This week’s PT Minute question: “What is the biggest misconception about Physical Therapists/Therapy from your PERSONAL patient experiences?” Dr. Carlos J Berio – “Physical therapy is where you go when you’re hurt”. While this a great place to work from as a profession, it really undermines the many skills and knowledge the an experienced physical therapist possesses. … Read More

Week 3 Progress Report: Everything’s Connected

If you haven’t heard, Ivy and I are training to run a half marathon in November and throughout that process Ivy is going to share how she designed my training program. Intermittently I wanted to provide some insight from my perspective as a relative novice in distance training.  For my first three weeks the biggest … Read More

The PT Minute: How Do You Know You CAN’T Help Someone?

The SPARK Physical Therapists get one-minute to answer a single clinical question. We live in a “I want it and I want it now” society.  This is our way of providing our community the best answers to the burning questions without any fluff. This week’s PT Minute question: “How Do You Know You Can’t Help Someone? Dr. Carlos … Read More

How Do You Measure Success?

Everyone wants to feel successful professionally and personally. Of course the level of success everyone aspires to can be different but everyone is able provide some standard for which they aim. For example, one person may want to receive a passing score on their yearly work performance review. While another individual may view a stellar … Read More

5 Rules for Running Mastery

“Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun!” This is a great quote I first heard from Dakota Fanning in the movie Uptown Girls. However, Google tells me it’s originally from Mikhail Baryshnikov so I will give them dual credit. In my experience thus far, I’ve observed an alarming amount of people (of all ages and … Read More

Expectations vs. Reality

Balancing expectation with reality occurs consistently throughout our lives. Every kid expects adulthood to be 100% fun all the time. In reality, adulthood is work – your job, paperwork, taxes, yardwork, relationships, cleaning, cooking etc. As we go through life, I think most people learn the lesson of weighing your wishes and dreams with the … Read More

Running Medicine 2016 Highlights

Another thought-provoking and knowledge bombing weekend of Running Medicine is complete. For anyone that works with runners, this conference is a must attend as it brings together the country’s (and often time the world’s) top physical therapists, physicians, sports performance specialists and more to promote healthy, high-level running for the novice to the elite. Here … Read More

TOUGH Goals for the New Year

Going into the New Year everybody does it.  Everyone wants to set and meet goals. Some goals they have postponed for years due to a myriad of excuses or maybe their goals this year are new aspirations they have never thought of before. The majority of us tend to focus on health related goals but … Read More

Run the Holidays – Don’t let them run you!

It’s that time of year again where it seems like everything except holiday related obligations fall to the wayside. Stress levels go up, holiday parties filled with unhealthy food and drinks are abundant and depending on where you live, the weather may be a Grinch keeping you from your usual outdoor activities. However, there is … Read More